One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sleeve which is full and loose on the upper arm but close-fitting on the forearm and wrist.
- ‘And then I saw another sleeve that was a big leg-of-mutton sleeve that the maids used to sew into the garments for eveningwear.’
- ‘With its kangaroos and kookaburras, and leg-of-mutton sleeves and button boots, this is a timeless story about the warmth of family.’
- ‘I want my leg-of-mutton sleeves, and in addition to those I want my cutie chamois booties with the leopard-skin bows.’
leg-of-mutton sleeve/ˌleɡəvˌmətn ˈslēv/
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